Camp Pasquaney Winter 2007 Teddy Jackson, Forty

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Camp Pasquaney Winter 2007 Teddy Jackson, Forty
Camp Pasquaney
Winter 2007
This photo, taken before he was director, is a rare shot of Mr. Teddy in his role as Pasquaney’s key administrator under Mr. Ned and through the 1930s.
Teddy Jackson, Forty-five Years of Devoted Service
“The Manager” was a Superb Organizer, Athlete, Teacher, Singer & Friend
by Dick Beyer
At Pasquaney’s Centennial Celebration in 1994,
Charlie Stanwood chose to speak about Teddy
Jackson, Mr. Teddy. In an address to the 700 alumni
and friends Charlie began his talk at the Saturday
night banquet by saying, “It is no exaggeration to
say that, had it not been for this man, we would not
now be having a hundredth celebration.”
To learn more about this key figure of
Pasquaney’s first half-century, I have spoken
with six alumni from the 1930s and three close
friends of camp who knew Teddy, and have read
Pop Watson’s memorial talk and Mr. Charlie’s
comments in Portrait of Pasquaney.
Edward William Cecil Jackson was one of the
first boys signed up by Mr. Ned in 1895. He
served forty-five straight summers at Pasquaney,
five as a camper, thirty-three as a counsellor,
and seven as Director. As a camper, he was
immediately well-liked, and elected captain of
the baseball team in 1895. His outstanding
athletic abilities also led to the General
Excellence award that year.
Teddy joined the council in 1900 while
attending Harvard, and Mr. Ned quickly turned
to him for help in running the administrative
affairs of camp. Charlie Stanwood wrote that
even in his first year on the council, Teddy
“started to take responsibility for such things
as food orders, planning the work of caretakers,
keeping the accounts, and arranging the travel.”
After Harvard, he started a short, successful
career in teaching, first at Milton Academy, then
at The Haverford School, near Philadelphia.
In 1915, his Haverford students dedicated
their yearbook
to an all-time record
to Teddy with an
of 104 in 1938. And
inscription that
when the September
described him as “a
1938, hurricane
cheerful optimist
caused extensive
whose untiring
damage to camp, he
efforts on our behalf was able to muster
hath shamed the
the forces to make the
lazy, encouraged
repairs needed to open
the fainthearted,
on schedule in 1939.
and inspired the
Even before
ambitious.”
becoming director
In 1917, Mr.
Mr. Teddy was
Ned, who had a
initiating changes to
clear distaste for
the camp program.
the business side
In 1901, Teddy had
of camp, persuaded
been the one, as cox
Teddy to leave
of the Harvard crew,
teaching to work
who had talked Mr.
Mr. Teddy (left) with Nick Bolton,
Mr. Teddy leading the Opening Cerfull-time
for
camp.
Ned into starting a
age 12, in 1936. Last summer Nick
emonies on Hobbs Field for the Boys
His job description
crew program, and he had three grandsons at Pasquaney
vs. Council game in 1939.
said he’d be “the
was the first coach.
and three granddaughters at Onaway!
manager, steward and overseer of the Eastbourne In 1931 he started
Photo courtesy of Nick Bolton.
Estate and Camp Pasquaney.” Nelson Adams
the club system and
recalls that he was often called the manager
created the junior council to run it.
during the 1920s. The relationship between
During the 1930s, Mr. Teddy made a number
Mr. Ned and Teddy Jackson was certainly
of changes to the camp programs, many of
complimentary. Mr. Ned was clearly the leader.
which survive today. He started the craft shop
Teddy Jackson was content to stay in the
program in 1930 and added archery in 1933.
background, serving Mr. Ned
He introduced horseback riding
Pop described Teddy in 1934 in an effort to boost
and making sure the details were
done well. Charlie Stanwood
enrollment. The Long Ride, a
as “fun-loving,
admired “Teddy’s generous
three-day ride through Hebron
wholesome, clearability to pass on to Mr. Ned
to the Mt. Cardigan valley, and a
sighted” and as having horseshow were part of the camp
much of the praise and credit
which a lesser man might have
“the least selfish spirit program through 1939.
claimed for himself.”
As I talked with those who
of friendship it has knew
Teddy was Director for just
Teddy as Director, several
ever been my good comments were made over and
seven years, 1933 to 1939, but
by all accounts he also ran the
over: He was devoted to the boys
fortune to know.”
camp from 1929 to 1932 due to
and he was a master organizer
Mr. Ned’s declining health. He was officially
with a lot of energy. Many people recalled his
named Director in Mr. Ned’s will, by which he
small size. Pop Watson referred to him in his
also inherited all the camp property. Pasquaney
memorial chapel talk affectionately as “Little
did not become a nonprofit organization until
Teddy.” Pop, a neighbor of Teddy’s in Dorcester,
the early 1940s, so any profit or loss belonged
Massachusetts, was a classmate of his at Boston
to Mr. Teddy.
Latin School and Teddy’s father was their
Teddy’s years as director brought great
Physics teacher. “Little Teddy had no difficulty
challenges: He had to deal with the depression,
in outdoing most of us in everything but size.”
when enrollment was down and many could
Even at school, Pop recognized Teddy’s amazing
not pay full tuition, and the great hurricane
memory for details and said that he “was always
of 1938, the most devastating natural disaster
accurate and thorough.” He also knew the names
ever to hit camp. Enrollment dropped from 100 of the birds on the hillside “as intimately as
in 1931 to 70 in 1932, but he built it back up
many naturalists.” Pop described Teddy as “fun2
loving, wholesome, clear-sighted,” and as having
“the least selfish spirit of friendship it has ever
been my good fortune to know.” Speaking of his
relationship with Mr. Ned, Pop added, “I never
heard either speak of the other, even when they
disagreed, as they sometimes did, without deep
affection and unbounded confidence.”
Mr. Teddy was coaxed into taking a lead role
in several Gilbert and Sullivan extravaganzas
beginning in 1935 and the Annuals of those
years marvelled at his “beautiful tenor voice.”
Nick Bolton, who, at age 13 and 14, played the
female lead opposite Teddy in HMS Pinafore
(1936) and Pirates of Penzance (1937), stated,
“we spent a lot of time together rehearsing. I
don’t know how he did it and ran the camp,
too.” Nick added, “I loved him. He gave such
marvelous chapel talks.”
Skipper Tillson described Teddy as a “tiny,
sparkly, feisty, busy, lovely man. Mr. Ned was
my mentor and, as a counsellor, I worked as
Teddy’s assistant in the 1930s.” Several people
noted that Mr. Charlie and Skipper were
Teddy’s chief assistants while he was Director.
around the dining room and put his hand on
each boy’s head and said this is so and so. He was
remarkable.” George also remembers being told to
never touch the papers neatly piled on the floor
when sweeping the shack. “He had a system.”
Nelson Adams knew Teddy from when he
was big enough to remember. “He had great
intelligence. He saved camp money by doing all
the food buying himself. The cooks just cooked.
He gave us tasks and trusted that we would get
them done. He used to tell us jokes, some in a
great Irish accent.”
Lisa Carpenter, niece of Fuzzy Kneeland,
and Seton Lindsay O’Reilly, great-niece of
Teddy, gave me some insight about Teddy and
his wife, Eleanor, known to them as Nell. Lisa
said, “Nell was a Southern beauty, taller than
Teddy and rather inactive, while Teddy was
smaller and very active.” Nell designed Camp
Jackson, the lakeside home later inherited by
her niece, Nancy Lindsay, and lived there with
her four sisters while Teddy was at camp. “What
a patient man he was with his wife and all those
women.” She recalled Teddy as “a tiny, jolly
Mr. Teddy (center at gunpoint) is the only director ever to perform in a Water Sports play, here the 1936 HMS Pinafore. Photo from the 1936 Annual.
Baird McIlvain recalls Mr. Teddy meeting with
the council every morning. “He was a good
organizer who kept track of the minutist details
day to day.” Ed Swenson remembers Teddy as a
“cheerful man and a good leader who did a lot
for camp.” Peter Ogden added that “Mr. Teddy
did it all. He was a good administrator and
very good at helping boys get through the day
without exhausting themselves.”
George Kiefer recalled Teddy’s ability to name
all the boys the first night of camp: “He walked
man. He had a delightful sense of humor and
was very funny on the stage. He enjoyed making
fun of himself.” He was very good friends with
her uncle, Fuzzy Kneeland. “Fuzzy thought he
saved the camp. He also thought Teddy’s work
with Thorn King, a boy with extraordinary
physical problems who lived with the Jacksons
for a time, was his greatest achievement.” Teddy
helped him overcome a speech problem and,
Thorn went on to a successful business career.
Thorn later bought and donated Cliffe Island to
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me to try to be a man. Teddy Jackson put his
arms around me, assured me that things would be
better, and turned me over to an understanding
COI who kept me so busy playing baseball
and learning to swim that I soon decided that
Pasquaney was not such a bad place after all. I
am sure I needed both kinds of treatment.” After
Mr. Teddy’s death in the Spring of 1940, Mrs.
Jackson received a letter from the headmaster of
the Haverford School, twenty-three years after
he left the school, saying that Teddy was “the
biggest little man he had ever known.”
the camp for use on expeditions.
The 1939 Annual editorial gives some insight
into Teddy’s leadership style in the final summer
before he died, at age 59: “Through [Mr. Ned’s]
second-in-command, Mr. Teddy, who is now our
Captain, the tradition has been carried on nobly
and a gentler spirit in its application added. The
counsellors’ analysis of boy characters have been
increasingly penetrating though their application
more subtle.” In his centennial speech, Mr.
Charlie recalled his earliest memory of Teddy:
“I was a hopelessly homesick new boy in 1921.
Mr. Ned patted me on the shoulder and urged
Excerpts from a Chapel Talk by Mr. Teddy on Tradition
...It has been said that in this day of
swift changes it is impossible to keep
up old traditions, but although we
belong to the “new era,” we hold
fast to Pasquaney traditions -- what
we consider fundamentally best for
our whole community. Nearly every
old boy or counsellor who has lived
a season or two here knows there is
something about it which “gets” him.
It is the appeal to express what is best
in us; it is the inspiration that comes
from contact with boys and young
men “who are living a life that is hardy,
who are living a life that is true,” as our
old camp song puts it -- a friendliness
which makes the big boy interested in
the youngster and the little fellow look
up to and pattern his life according to
the leadership of the older boy. It is the
delightful feeling of comradeship we
have for each other which develops
into friendships that carry down the
years to come. It is the gathering in
Dana Hall night and morning for the
simple prayers, the consciousness of
our one big family as we sit at the table
in Memorial Hall or enjoy the fun and
fine arts of the Theatre; it is the repartee
of our jolly counsellors; it is the fair play,
the high standard of sportsmanship in
our sports, for to be unsportsmanlike
certainly has no place here.
It is the understood thing to
perform a duty not only as a cog
in a wheel of the machinery but in
many instances with a genuine spirit of
service. It is the unusual reverence for
this chapel, the sincerity of the service
without the questioning of creed, with
the accompaniment of the songs of
birds instead of the noises of the city....
It is Pasquaney tradition to dwell
occasionally upon the camp motto,
“Stop and Think,” to try to realize that
we have the law of cause and effect, to
measure the consequences of an action,
to believe that though we are not yet old
in life’s experience, we can prevent trouble
for ourselves and our little community
here by stopping long enough to say to
ourselves, “If I do this, what will happen?
Will it mean good or harm? Is it worthy
of a Pasquaney boy to try to put one over
on someone else, to be sloppy in the care
of our bunks, to do a duty poorly, to
be neglectful of the property of others,
uncontrolled in temper, a rotten loser, selfcentered, selfish, picking faults in others
when at fault ourselves, inconsiderate,
thoughtless in injuring boats, canoes,
and other equipment, a bully, ready
to quarrel over trivial matters? Such
characteristics are unlovely and unworthy
of Pasquaney tradition. We do see them
here. It is Pasquaney tradition, however,
to work everlastingly to weed them out,
for they are not a part of the beauty in
life. It is this fight against the destructive
enemies of Pasquaney tradition that
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brings about a better young man.....
Pasquaney tradition holds out the
opportunity for the making of young
men, true to all we hold dear here,
prepared to face the life in the hurlyburly world, leaders in school and
college, and, grateful, loyal, affectionate
sons in the homes to which we
are going in the four brief weeks
that remain. There is much vitality
expended here. We live in a busy hive
and are all workers. Drones are not in
style, and we have definite purposes:
Happiness, Health, Character. Are we
appreciative of the love and sacrifice of
our parents who have made it possible
for us to be here? Shall we show just a
little more thankfulness to them? Shall
we feel a secret joy in pleasing them
a little more than ever before? Shall
we see them leave this lovely country
happier because we are growing up
straight like the magnificent pines
that reach heavenward, calm as
the surface of our lake, steadfast as
the mountains that surround us?
So, though we are busy as can be,
let us really pause now and then to
“stop and think” and try to pledge
ourselves to hold fast to our traditions,
to reverence the memory of him who
founded Pasquaney in the land of the
white birch -- our Mr. Ned -- and, may
I say, make glad the heart of Mr. Teddy,
who loves you all?
Alumni News
umpiring our baseball games, and our not being in complete agreement with his balls and strikes when I was pitching in 1943. In ‘44, we had a much better pitcher in a fella
named Bill Porter [ed. note: Dick Porter], as I recall his
name. For some unfathomable reason I was named captain
of a Junior baseball team in ‘43 and ‘44. I don’t have a ‘44
Annual, but I read years ago some mention of tight ball
games between Tony Ponvert’s team and mine. I do not
recall those games, but I am grateful somebody did! Being
a camper from 1941-44, that was an excellent article by
Dick Beyer with that shot of Pop and Mr. Charlie. Brings
back memories. I remember the night the whole Camp got
together and surprised Charlie by saying for the first time,
during his rounds, “Good Night, MR. Charlie, I have
brushed my teeth” … And in those years, there was an
excellent quoits player named Marshall Jones, who threw
more ringers than anyone !
Alumni notes are listed under the decade in which the majority of their
camper years fall. If camper years are evenly split in two decades, they
are listed in the decade in which the alumnus was an older camper.
The Color Guard at the Alumni Reunion: from left, Alec Southall, Nate
Carmody, Cesar Collantes, Brandon Neblett, Jay West, and Tommy
Sutro. Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
The 1920s, 30s and 40s
On November 1st, Alvah Sulloway died at the age of
ninety. A life-long tennis player, Alvah was a generous
supporter of Pasquaney in general and the tennis program
in particular. On top of his regular, strong support of the
Annual Fund, a recent gift is funding the reconstruction
of the second court. Pasquaney campers and counsellors
have benefitted greatly from his support and will continue
to benefit into the future. His grandson, Clark Sulloway, was a first-year camper last summer.
Tom Olseson (left) and Dave Hughes (right) at the Bubbles Banquet. Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
The 1950s and 60s
After reading Dick Beyer’s article on Pasquaney during the
Second World War and the 1943 Annual roundup which
noted his “Jamming with Mr. Charlie and Jack Bolton,”
Buddy Dodge wrote to the office that sixty-one years
later, he is the back-up organist for his church! His grandson, Will Peterson, will be in his fourth year as a camper
this summer.
Fred Pittman called Pasquaney last summer to request a
copy of Mr. Charlie’s A Portrait of Pasquaney. Fred recalls,
as a student at Yale singing in the Glee Club, being called
into the office of glee club director Marshall Bartholomew
and interim and future director Fenno Heath. Mr. Barty,
for years director of Pasquaney singing, and Fenno Heath,
who had been recruited by Barty to direct singing at
Pasquaney in earlier summers, sat Fred down and told
him that they had decided what he was going to do with
his next summer. “What is that?” he asked. He was going
to be a counsellor at Camp Pasquaney. Fred, a native of
the Mississippi Delta, said he had never seen a mountain, much less climbed one. His summer at Pasquaney
directing the singing, teaching swimming, and tutoring
campers made him an avid trail hiker. That year, 1953,
with its skeleton crew of counsellors during the Korean
War, began the long Pasquaney careers of many, among
them Bob Bulkeley, John Gemmill, and Butch West.
Fred is currently living in North Carolina, on a 74-acre
farm he purchased about sixteen years ago. He wrote
that “the area is mostly national forest and we are on the
side of three different mountain ranges that encircle the
Lester Kinsolving, shown on the cover of the last issues
of the White Birch, is “still going strong as a member of the
White House press corps,” according to his brother William.
William Tucker passed away while on a trip to Russia in
October. His wife, Carol, wrote “He was diagnosed at a
Moscow hospital with kidney failure and died a week later
of complications related to it. I know Pasquaney meant a
lot to him. He enjoyed reading news of the camp over the
years.” Our condolences to Carol and her family.
William (Barry) Register wrote in to Pasquaney after
reading the last issue of the White Birch and seeing Lester
Kinsolving on the cover. “I remember Lester Kinsolving
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valley. The Appalachian Trail is above the national forest
that is above my farm on the mountainside. Much about
this area reminded me of the White Mountains, though
somewhat less tall. Not too far away - 12 miles or so- is
Mt. Rogers, the tallest of the Virginia mountains. I try to
hike as much as my failing knees allow and I leave Shady
Valley about three years younger than when I arrive. I
still remember the cry ‘radner’ when I’m hiking there and
come across a wet place in the trail. Don’t believe I’ve
come across this word since my summer at Pasquaney.”
Francisco Recio visited camp this fall with his wife
Irene, daughter Ana and son-in-law Chris. Having not
visited in twenty-two years since his son Frank Recio
(P’84) was a camper, he reported that “it was great to
feel as though I had never left.”
Brooke Sullloway shows he hasn’t lost his touch for Table Duty. Alums
pitched in during duties to set up tables, clean dishes, and sweep dorms!
Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
Howie Baetjer received the award for outstanding
teacher for the 2005-2006 year at Towson University
in the College of Business and Economics. Howie also
returned for two days last summer to contribute those
teaching skills to the Pasquaney sailing program and to
bring his infectious energy and enthusiasm to the hillside. Thanks, Howie, and congratulations!
Don Butler’s son and daughter visited camp on July 1.
His daughter went to Hamilton with Jack Reigeluth, who
is a current counsellor. Don has just retired from a career
as a doctor in radiology and lives in Easton, Connecticut.
His brother Doug is head of the English Department at
the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York.
Gwathmey Tyler, Nelson Adams and Terry Tyler catch up before Opening
Ceremonies during the reunion. Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
Dave Reed was recently commended by the Record Enterprise for his work as Executive Director of Main Street Plymouth, N.H. The paper noted Dave’s ability “to work with
Town Hall and other community organizations to accomplish projects of mutual concern.” Congratulations, Dave!
Anne duPont Valk, an architect of Pasquaney’s strength,
passed away earlier this fall. As Mr. Charlie relates in
Portrait of Pasquaney, the Valks laid the foundation for
Pasquaney’s endowment in 1957 by initiating a gift
of $150,000 to spur the campaign later known as the
Edward S. Wilson Memorial Fund. Over the years the
Valks have remained loyal supporters of Pasquaney’s
mission, providing funds to secure Camp’s long-range
future. Those of us who have benefited from the sustained generosity of the Valks, whether campers, counsellors, parents, or staff, cannot express enough gratitude
for their support. As Mr. Charlie wrote of Anne, “Her
devotion to Pasquaney is as inspiring today as it was [50]
years ago.”
Doug Reigeluth (left), Fred Dittmann (center) and Mr. Vinnie (right) sang
the lead tune from the HMS Bubbliana, at the Bubbles Banquet. Photos
courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
The majority of the photographs in the Alumni News section were taken and donated
to Pasquaney by Frank Sulloway. Thank You, Frank!
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with the bar exam in February!
Tommy Hill celebrated his 50th birthday on December 17th after a gathering the night before organized by
his wife, Kemp. Among his family and friends in the
celebration were Tommy’s daughter, Virginia Hill and
her brothers, Pasquaney campers Matthew and Edward
Hill and counsellor Harrison Hill; Tommy’s parents,
Ruth and alum Billy Hill; and other Pasquaney veterans:
Chris Granger, Howie Baetjer, and Vin Broderick.
Among the toasts were recollections of lifesaving raft
records and natural history mysteries Tommy had been
asked to solve as nature counsellor.
Steve Dittmann (left) and Shep Griswold (right) plan a hike through
Notchpost on Saturday morning during the reunion.
Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
On Sunday, December 17th, Edward Norton introduced the Maryland Premiere of his new movie, The
Painted Veil, as a benefit for Howard County General
Hospital. The event raised over $350,000, a record for
the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, where the film was
screened. In the audience were Ed’s siblings, Jim and
Molly; Butch, Peggy, John, Jay, and Alan West; Ted
and Ann Barron Winstead; George and Ann Barker,
parents of Van Barker; Trey Winstead and his parents,
Carol and Tee Winstead; Louie Rouse; Rossie and
Sandy Fisher, parents of Murray Fisher; and Vin Broderick. Bill and Libby Winstead were among the sponsors of the event. From his summer quarters in Boise,
Idaho, Jim Norton was about to head to China where
he guides raft trips during the winter in association with
Mountain Travel Sobek.
Jay Johnston called about procuring quoits this fall. He
had a very accurate toss according to Mr. Vinnie! Jay
lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife and children. He works for Smith-Barney.
Frank Sulloway, the photographer of this summer’s
Alumni Reunion, will be making his eleventh trip in the
last 38 years to the Galapagos Islands in January 2008.
There he will be “documenting ecological changes owing
to the effects of introduced species, such as feral animals
and invasive plant species, as well as ascertaining growth
rates and survival trends in several species of slowly
growing cacti, using old photographs taken over four
decades. Cacti have been disappearing in the Galapagos,
and I am trying to shed light on the causes of this loss.
In collaboration with an Australian ornithologist, I am
also conducting research on the evolution of one of the
fourteen species of Darwin’s famous finches. I am also
engaged in testing Darwin’s theory of naturalization …
Some former Pasquaney campers might be interested
to know that I usually take a few nonscientists with me
during my field trips in the Galapagos, which generally
last about two weeks. Such participants help with the
research being conducted and, by exploring and camping
in the field, they get to experience at first hand a side of
the Galapagos Islands that tourists never see.”
Greig Simpson enjoyed a scuba diving trip with an old college friend to Turks and Caicos the week after Thanksgiving.
Willie de Zaldo, his wife and eighteen-year-old son are
living in Boca Raton, Florida, where Willie is vice president of a golf course equipment company.
The 1970s and 80s
Pete Carey and Karen Stetson recently returned from a
refreshing two-week vacation in Key West and Captiva.
Both were celebrating 50th birthdays and decided a
special trip was in order! We’re all wishing Pete the best
Enjoying the Waterfont never gets old. Back row, from left, Matt Harris, Stone
Harris, and Chad Hussey. Front row, from left, Steve Brownell, Steve Hibbard,
and Kurt McCandless. Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
Additional photographs from the Alumni Reunion can be found on the Pasquaney Website,
in the “Photos” secion of the “Alumni” tab.
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David Sinclair was married this past June. He reported
that his sons Devon and Jordan spent their summers at
Camp Belknap, Marine Biology School, and traveling to
Ontario, France and Spain.
Despite lower numbers than usual, The 16th annual
“Midnight Run” was attended by founding fathers
Nate Carmody, Brandon Neblett, Alec Southall and
Jay West over the weekend of October 21st in Athens,
Georgia. The weather could not have been better, and
the quoit pits were set up in a park across the street from
the hotel. Nate threw sixteen ringers on Saturday alone!
The annual road trip, which Nate called, “Pasquaney’s
longest continuously operating alumni event,” started in
1991 when the aforementioned crew made their way to
South Bend for the Notre Dame-Tennessee game. Since
that time, varying groups of alums have convened for a
premier college football game from Palo Alto to Penn
State, Boulder to Baton Rouge!
The crew of this year’s Midnight Run. From left to right Alec Southall, Bill
Browning, Jay West, Brandon Neblett, and Nate Carmody.
Photo courtesy of Alec Southall.
The 1990s and 2000s
Briggs Anderson will be deployed to Iraq in mid-January. A Marine lieutenant, Briggs will be serving as a
Motor Transport Platoon Commander leading convoys
of troops and supplies.
Axel Bohlke is working in Brussels for management
consulting firm Roland Berger in a training program for
the next two to three years. His brother, Anders, worked
for a Belgian architecture company for two years and
now is getting his masters in architecture and sustainable
development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Alden Cadwell and Caroline Mabon were married at
Pasquaney on September 9th. The ceremony began in
the chapel, but soon moved to the theatre due to weather none of the guests will soon forget! However after the
exchange of vows the sun came out and everyone enjoyed
dinner in a transformed Mem Hall, followed by dancing
in the Theatre. Congratulations, Alden and Caroline!
Al Bocock (left) and Jack Bocock (right) construct a bonfire as only they can
during the reunion! Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
Ted Keysor was married in Newport, Rhode Island,
on June 3rd to Erin Roberts of Newport. He and Erin,
along with Dwight and John, were all guests at the
reunion this summer.
Barksdale Maynard and his wife, Susan, had their first
baby this fall, Alexander Barksdale Maynard. Congratulations, Barksdale!
Will Randall and his wife are happy to announce the birth
of their son Fairfax Hoey Randall, born on September 7th!
Elliot Smith and his family have returned to Houston,
Texas, after spending a year-and-a-half in Singapore.
“We had a great time abroad, but we are happy to be
back near friends and family.”
Teddy Winstead and his wife Ann Baron welcomed
their new son Wyatt to the world this fall!
The Louisville Crew! From bow to stern: Gwathmey, Terry, Davis and
Gwathmey Tyler Jr. Photo courtesy of Jim Creamer.
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Bill Cummiskey was engaged this winter! He wrote
in to the office with the story: “We took the T to Park
Street, where our church is, and got out to walk across
the park to dinner. When we had walked a little ways, with
the lighted steeple and Christmas tree in the background, I
(having scouted the position) knelt and popped the question (while she was saying, really? seriously?). Her ‘Yes’
came approximately .00001 seconds later. Then we had
a wonderful evening calling family, enjoying dinner and
relaxing at home. I slept twelve hours [the following] night.
I guess I was pretty anxious about the whole thing!”
Joe Dillingham met up with Jesse Allen for Thanksgiving. He reported that Patrick is doing well working for
a tech company in Mountain View, California. Back
in New Orleans, Charlie Dillingham is the managing
director of a start up video production company, and is
preparing to graduate from the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts this spring. You can
enjoy some of his wonderful banjo playing by visiting
http://youtube.com/watch?v=7BrCHTF6JOQ.
Trey Winstead pitches a quoit at the Nationals of the Pasquaney Alumni
Quoits League this summer. Also pictured from left to right, Doug
Camp (behind Trey), Peter Simpson, Will Kryder, James Gregg and
Dave Ryder. Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
Denver with an International MBA, with a focus on
hotel management.
Anne Kotomski, wife of Pasquaney shop counsellor
Walter Kotomski passed away earlier this year. Born
on November 12, 1930 in
Worchester, Massachusetts
she and Walt were married
on June 30th, 1956. In her
memory, several pieces of
shop equipment were donated
to the shop program.
Fans of Old Siwash can now find a copy thanks to Justin
Hammill, who wrote to the office that copies are available
for around thirty dollars through
the Knox College bookstore’s
website. Thanks, Justin!
Jaime Hickey-Mendoza is a
semester away from finishing
law school at the University
of Wisconsin and is looking
Jack Reigeluth finished his
forward to reconnecting with
final semester at Hamilton
Pasquaney friends in New York
college by studying abroad in
City after graduating. He
India. While there, he wrote
writes, “I’m still trying to figure
“I was taking Urdu and Hindi
out what type of lawyer I want
last month and this month
to be … At this point I am
have continued my Hindi,
hoping to practice criminal law
and am trying to learn Urdu
at first. Criminal law practice
out of the classroom with
really provides the best opporthe help of my host family
tunity to litigate straight out Many alumni joined Alden Cadwell and Caroline Mabon at their
in Jaipur. I am hopefully
Pasquaney wedding on September 9th. Shown here from far left,
of school. I am applying to
bottom
row,
are
Vin
Broderick,
Michael
Hanrahan,
Caroline
Mabon,
going to be able to meet
the different district attorney
Alden Cadwell, Isaac Cadwell-Levine, Scott Kennedy, Gus Murphy and with a Ghazal singer later
and public defender offices
Bob Thomson. Back row from left, Tommy Mayer (at least, the top of
in New York City, though I his head!), Chris Cadwell, Andrew Riley, Chris Reigeluth (behind Gus) today and should be able
to meet with an Urdu poet
hope to work for the Manand Jake MacArthur. Photo courtesy of Nan Mabon.
next week.” Jack returned to
hattan District Attorney’s
the U.S. briefly, before heading off to teach at the Winter
Office. I worked there this past summer and the experience was amazing. I realized it would give me the opportunity Term in Switzerland for the winter.
to have a big impact on the public good. Now, all I have to do
Andrew Ward passed away unexpectedly last April. After
is pass the New York bar exam this summer!”
spending four years working for Xerox Corp in San Francisco, Andrew had recently moved to Louisville where he
Last June, Lee Hope graduated from the University of
joined the Investment Real Estate Department of National
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- 2007 Camp Schedule Saturday, June 23 - Camp Opens
July 2 - July 6 Camping Expeditions
July 23 - July 28 Long Walk
August 4 - 5 Trustees’ Weekend
August 11 - 12 Water Sports Weekend
Sunday, August 12 - Camp Closes
Alisher Persheyev recently wrote: “I have just picked
my compulsory third year abroad destination: Almaty,
Kazakhstan. My degree is a joint one - Business Studies
and Russian Studies. Through my Russian part of the degree I have to spend my third year of the four-year bachelors degree programme abroad, in an ex-Soviet state
where Russian is a dominant language. Since I am going
to have a project to do for my business and the requirement of my Russian part is to live there, I will study a bit
of history in Kazakhstan. I will also have ample amount
of time for potential employment or an internship.”
Mem Hall was packed during meals at the reunion, as guests went through
the normal rountines of a Camp day. Shown here from left to right are John
Keysor, Ted Keysor, and Phil Hooper. Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
City Bank as a credit analyst. The Courier Journal noted in
his obituary that, “Andrew had a passion for life and living
it to the fullest … His many friends and his loving family’s
lives are diminished by his untimely death.”
John Warren is living in St. Louis and working for Trammell Crow Kromback Partners, a commercial real estate
firm. He stays in touch with camp friends like Chris
Reigeluth and still enjoys a good ribbing now and then!
Tyler Tarun is doing well as a sophomore at New Trier
High School, participating in debate. He spent last summer at a debate institute at Wake Forest University.
Rob Denious and Tyler Ostholthoff are both enjoying Division 3 NCAA soccer at Amherst and Wheaton
respectively. Both played in the same tournament on
November 11th hosted by Amherst, but did not have
a chance to meet head to head in a game. Rob writes,
“Our teams both had great seasons to earn tournament
berths and hopefully we’ll both be back [in tournament
play] next year.”
Trey Winstead and his brother Peter are making progress
with The Baltimore Lift, their innovative idea for creating a gondola-style transportation system for Baltimore.
More than two-thirds of those surveyed in a recent study
were in favor of the idea! Good luck, Trey and Peter!
Gus Harwood was one of thirty students working for
nine weeks at the Jackson Laboratory this past summer.
He wrote in that “We are individually working under the
mentorship of different scientists. I am trying to find genes
that affect HDL (the “good” cholesterol) levels. My lab of
seven people, mostly post-docs, is focused on trying to find
these genes. We use mice for research due mainly to their
quick generations and remarkable similarity to humans. If
we can find the genes that affect HDL in mice, it is likely
that those genes are the same ones in humans. It is pretty
interesting work and at the same time important.”
Omissions & Corrections
We apologize to Hunter Harris and Peter Denious, who were both accidentally left off the Annual Report in the last issue of the White Birch.
Cesar “The Coordinator” Collantes was presented with a picture of
Headquaters in thanks for his organization of the reunion weekend.
Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
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Bob Thompson delivers his Tree Talk on Dana Porch. Photo courtesy of Frank Sulloway.
Bob Thompson on Bob Bulkeley and Pasquaney
Excerpts from his Tree Talk at the Alumni Reunion
As a 13 year old boy, I stepped foot on this
landscape “where the granite is screened by the pine” 47
years ago this summer. An amiable first year counsellor,
who was headed for Yale that fall, led the boys of Lower
Tradition. Not long into that summer, I found a chink
in the armor of that neophyte and brazenly put a spider under his bunk. That may have been the last time
Bubbles jumped up on a bunk, as we used to say when
announcing leisurely half-mile swims…. “in no time at
all.” Bubbles’ payback, however, was making sure that the
nickname created for me by a fellow camper named David
Waud stuck for life. Somehow, those endearing camp
names become lifetime Velcro …
Since 1959, I have come and gone from this
hillside many times, as have most of you, but Bubbles has
stayed consistently. It is an impressive tribute to the impact
that he has had on all of us that so many are gathered on
this porch this afternoon to honor his commitment and
loyalty to each of us, and most especially to Pasquaney.
Many of us can recall the traditional Opening
Ceremonies when Mr. Charlie, with great fanfare, would
introduce one of Pasquaney’s original campers and invite
him to say a few words … a man with such a classic New
England name - C. Mifflin Frothingham. Miff would
shuffle his way from the Headquarters porch, and stand
before us. Think of it! A man who had actually stood
with Mr. Ned in 1895, just up there, and watched Spider
McNulty dangling from the flagpole.
This legend was now before us. Even the ubiquitous chipmunks stood still for a moment in rapt anticipa-
tion. As we prepared to savor his pearls of wisdom, Miff
slowly opened his mouth, and bellowed, “Boys, my days
at Pasquaney were the happiest summers of my life!” We
all applauded politely as the chipmunks scampered off
and Miff shuffled back to Headquarters. As a youth, I
thought … Was that was all there was? Some old man
talking about the happiest summers of his life?
In retrospect, of course, Miff was absolutely right.
Like Lincoln at Gettysburg, with Long Blues, white hair,
and no beard, in a few words Miff had said something that
has been felt so intensely by most of us assembled here.
How fortunate we are that there is a place in our
hectic lives to which we can return, and find that SO
MUCH remains the same. This grounds each of us, and
serves to recharge our batteries with every visit.
I feel I learned to think at Pasquaney. I didn’t
always STOP first, but I learned to think critically about
what was and is truly important in life. Moreover, I
learned to communicate here. I learned to stand on my
feet and talk in a public setting. The confidence we all
obtained by being on the stage of the Watson Theatre,
or in a Council meeting, or making announcements in
Mem Hall - all of this gave us the ability to express our
thoughts and beliefs both publicly and privately.
We all learned, in the innocence of our youth,
what it means to act as a responsible and contributing member of a community. We learned to be our
best selves. … We all learned how to properly sweep a
broom! And most emphatically, we all learned to make
close and lifelong friendships – of all ages.
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Bob Bulkeley Reflects on his Pasquaney Experience
Excerpts from his Remarks at the Summer Alumni Reunion
I know that my teaching was as much of an excuse for
continuing my work at Camp as it was my chosen field
of winter work. Without the rejuvenation provided by
camp and working with campers each summer, I might
well have left the teaching profession earlier than I did.
Pasquaney has been uplifiting and sustaining.
We have lived richly here, with much humor
and good fun ... It is a very full life here and very real in
the sense that the human spirit is real and growth is real,
and caring is real. The so-called real world is absent—no
money, no dressy clothes, and few 20th or 21st century
trappings. The tone and the culture is the same, but the
physical world of Camp has undergone many changes ...
The more meaningful high spots are the probably
hundreds of campers whom I was able to work with
closely and whose growth has given me deep satisfaction
and fulfillment. This is the real reward of being at Camp.
Pasquaney is a rich fellowship, likely the richest we will
ever know ...
Common values, strong ideals, firm convictions
and durable traditions underlie the Pasquaney spirit. It
is an underpinning of great strength, and it becomes our
Wherein lies the magic of Pasquaney? Why after
fifty-three summers is opening day still thrilling and the
closing after chapel so deeply caring and emotional? Why
are we willing to work hard every day to do our best,
to be our best, to make the lives of others better? Other
institutions have claimed us as their own, but none have we
embraced so dearly as Pasquaney.
There can never be a complete answer, for
Pasquaney is a symbol rich in meaning and one which
expands and deepens for each of us over the years.
Symbols are never fully defined; they are by definition
open ended and undefined. But still we try to unravel
the mysterious and see the unknown. This attempt at
understanding is an intellectual and personal journey.
Pasquaney is a touchstone by which we measure
worth and give meaning to life’s events. It is a certainty,
a fixity-- something constant and permanent. At Mr.
Charlie’s retirement thirty-two years ago Seymour
St. John quoted Robert Frost’s poem that reads “take
something like a star / To stay our minds on and be
staid.” “Staid,” something fixed, supportive and certain,
also proper and upright. That we return to Camp and
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1966 Council
1976 Council
underpinning for our lives. Couple that foundation with
shared laughter, joy, friendships and fellowship, respect
for one another, deep thoughtfulness and consideration,
and a bedrock of honesty and you have an elixir that
once tasted is never forgotten. Pasquaney becomes the
measurer of all things, a yardstick rarely rivaled in life,
and I dare say rarely if ever surpassed. Many of us have
committed a large share of our lives to it with great
reward and satisfaction.
People sometimes love Pasquaney too much. I
am reminded of the counsellor who attended a Sigma
Alpha meeting on his honeymoon, or those who took
their brides to Crawford Notch for a honeymoon. While
it is a way station in life, it is the most important port of
call. It is a visiting place for most, but some of us never
leave! And I suspect for most, it never leaves us. It keeps
us staid, fixed and focused.
see what we had left, maybe years before, just as healthy
and vital as when we left it is more than comforting.
It provides hope that good lasts and perseveres even
in such uncertain and troubled times as today. And
during World Wars and depressions, it has remained
strong because it has inspired “love, dedication and
service”, because it has demanded much of us, and as
we have given much, it has become part of us. This act
of incorporation, the embodiment of Pasquaney, has
fortified us with ideals, timeless truths that guide and
govern our lives. They make our path through life more
certain and much more fruitful. It directs us through the
maze of adult life.
Reflecting on my own journey, it is clear that
my interest in education came from my COI years
where helping younger people through rough periods
became rewarding and a central purpose of life at Camp.
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Mr. Vinnie Remarks on Bob’s Tenure at Pasquaney
Excerpts from his Speech at the “Bubbles Banquet”
Opening Day 1953 began a Pasquaney career
that so far numbers fifty-three summers, a career that
would lead to overseeing incalculable half-mile swims
and that unique tradition, the obstacle race. An obstacle
race demands quickness on our feet, stopping and
thinking, and endurance, all traits of Bob Bulkeley ...
Throughout his camp career, Bob has always been
the easiest person to recognize. He still looks unchanged
and youthful. He told me a few years ago that working
with young people is what keeps him young.
Bubbles tells first year counsellors that we learn
more in the first two years on the council than at any other
time in our camp careers. With the variety of roles he
served, it is certainly no surprise that he did.
One of Bob’s most important gifts to Pasquaney
has been his vigilance: For so many of us he has offered
his good counsel and support in individual conversations
and in larger groups. I especially remember and
appreciate his advice throughout the summer I took over
as director and his encouragement to enjoy myself. He
has a way of generating practical, logistical solutions in
no time. He has a rare ability to see the big picture and
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when I think of it belongs to Bubbles. His insight about
boys at council meeting is invaluable and perceptive.
Many of you may not realize that Bubbles is at the
flagpole virtually every reveille of the summer. The COD,
the COIs, the Director or the counsellor covering the
Shack, and Bubbles. More reveilles, probably than anyone
else, past, present, and probably future. On his way up the
hill each morning, he gives a little cough. It may not be
intended, but I have often thought this cough was a little
nudge in case my alarm had not done the job.
There is a poem that I have struggled to find
that ends with words something like this: “In these little
services we can feel all of the low rumble of protection.”
Those words apply beautifully to Bubbles.
The low rumble of protection. We hear it in
his forty-two seasons of vigilance as director of the
Pasquaney waterfront, in the voice, that powerful
reverberating voice that Bob says was learned, but that
can carry great distances over the lake. And we feel it in
his care watching from his perch in the NW corner of
the bathhouse platform.
That corner is also the consultation center.
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the details at the same time. He will often know which
person would be the ideal match for a particular position
or task. In his enduring service to camp he has become
a central part of life here, and his commitment to
Pasquaney is deep and powerful, as is his presence. The
presence can be light and playful as well, in Bubblesisms,
for example: “The cornucopia of activities,” the “plethora”
of energy, “Gyro Gearloose,” “dinky races,” and in his
sense of drama reporting the breaking of the ½ mile
record. As campers we can probably all remember the
periodic laughter that would emanate from council
meetings during Sunday rest. The laugh I always hear
2006 Council
Bubbles tells new counsellors that if they are sitting
around between times talking to a boy or two, they
are doing their job. That corner is one of the main
places Bubbles is doing his job, talking with boys and
counsellors.
The low rumble of protection.
The shirt commemorating this weekend
displays a Gil Bovaird drawing of Bubbles’s domain, the
Bathhouse. I would like to present to Bubbles a framed
copy of that drawing, in thanks for all that he has done
for Pasquaney and for providing not just the low rumble,
but also the loud rumble of protection.
For a full version of these speeches by Bob Thompson, Bob Bulkeley, and Mr. Vinnie,
log on to the new Pasquaney Website and visit
the “Historical Papers” section of the Archives & Publications tab.
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The Long Walk Returning in 1969. Leading the song is Charlie Platt, III; Mr. Vinnie is fifth from the left in the back row of singers! Photo from the 1969 Annual.
by Charlie Platt, III
The Long Walk Song
Why It Exists and How it Evolved
On Saturday, August 5th, 2006, four-fifths of Camp
Pasquaney sat on the steps and deck of Mem Hall waiting
for the other fifth, the Long Walk, to come trudging slowly
up the hill saving breath for the Long Walk Song they
would soon be singing. As Long Walk leader, Andrew Riely,
came into view the group murmured, “Here they come.”
One of the high points of the summer was about to happen.
How the Long Walk Song came to be and evolved
during a time span of eighty-four years is the subject of this article.
The tradition of having the song seems to have
begun in 1922. At least the Pasquaney Annual of that year
is the first to mention it. We never stop to ask the question,
“Why a song?” but just assume that it is a natural response
to a week’s adventures. But is it?
Search for precedents in the two camps which
preceded Pasquaney, Chocorua (1881-1889) and Asquam
(1885-1909). You will not find precedents, although both
camps had Long Walk equivalents; Chocorua had a Long
Voyage and Asquam a Long Trip. However in each case the
whole camp went. Who would return from an adventure
and sing a song to themselves?
To illustrate how the song evolved over the years here
is the 1922 song, sung to the tune “As We Go Marching.”
Here’s to Marney Crosman, with blistered feet and toes;
He’s called Old Man of the Mountain wherever
the Long Walk Goes;
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At tramping o’er the rocky roads his luck is simply punk;
And it breaks his heart to climb in the cart
and ride with Bob and Bunk.
There are four more verses, each about a counsellor
on the walk, and after each there is a chorus:
As we go marching, and Tommy Hawes begins to P-L-A-Y,
You can hear us shouting: How many miles are we going to
walk today?
The style of the song, more about people than
the trip, persisted through 1938. The 1939 walk to Mt.
Washington changed the focus a little from people to
the trip because the hike was new and exciting; however
there was still something about each counsellor. Having
personality verses seems to have become an obligation.
Even as late as 1949, my first Long Walk, four verses were about
the trip; however the fifth verse was about the walk’s leaders.
The first song to eliminate the personality verse was
1951. From then on down to today the song is about the
trip and is useful for remembering what was accomplished.
Returning to a question asked earlier in this article:
Why is there a song? I attempted an answer then but failed.
Did anyone ever ask? If so we may never know for sure
who it was. Perhaps Richard A. Kimball, author of the
1922 song, was that person; but the Annual does not say so.
Singing has always been a big part of camp life.
Perhaps there’s no more to it than that.
Jim Marshall Joins the Year-Round
Staff as Pasquaney’s Bookkeeper
A New Hampshire resident since 1972, Jim
Marshall is no stranger to the world of camps and nonprofits. Raised in North Carolina and Pennsylvania,
he spent many of his summers on Squam Lake where
his grandparents first met at Rockywold and where
his family still owns property. Jim also spent two
summers as a sailing counsellor at Camp Deerwood after
attending camps as a boy in North Carolina.
Jim’s financial background includes work in
both real estate and retail. During the 1990s, Jim kept
the books for the American Groundwater Trust, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated “to providing
accurate information about water resources and water
wells,” to homeowners, teachers and community
planners. He also worked in the software industry,
specializing in the sale of accounting software.
Jim recently launched his own company, HJ
Marshall Associates, whose mission is “to be a leading
resource to the non-profit community providing
accounting, bookkeeping and donor management
services … enabling nonprofits to focus their financial
and human resources on fulfilling their mission.” With
a growing list of clients in New Hampshire such as
the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and the
Circle Program, Jim hopes to serve the nonprofit sector
exclusively.
Welcome aboard, Jim!
A familiar sight to those of us who have been at camp the last
four summers has been Pete working diligently in the office.
Pete Carey Moving on
to Law Practice
After three years of service to Pasquaney, Pete
Carey has decided to pursue a law practice full time in
New Hampshire.
Since joining camp in 2003, Pete has brought
energy and organization to his work. As Pasquaney’s
chief liaison with vendors, and local, state and federal
officials, Pete has quietly and diligently handled much of
the administrative work that underpins camp’s mission.
From working with insurance agents to White Mountain
National Forest guides, Pete ensured that the bills were
paid on time and that camp met all regulations.
Pete also became an active force in protecting
the environment around Pasquaney in particular and
Newfound Lake in general. A member of the Newfound
Lake Region Association, Pete served on their board
as head of their capital campaign and then as their
president. His ongoing efforts to protect the region
surrounding Pasquaney are invaluable.
Those of us who have served on the council
with Pete will remember his wonderful sense of humor,
his meticulously organized office, and his friendly,
helpful manner. Many of us have stayed with him at
his beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Hebron, and look
forward to continued visits!
We will miss you Pete!
Pasquaney’s new bookkeeper, Jim Marshall.
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New Website
Successfully Launched!
Pasquaney’s new website, www.pasquaney.
org, successfully launched at the start of this fall.
One of the highlights for Alumni and
friends of Camp has been the Archives and
Publications tab, where past Tree Talks, Chapel
Talks, issues of the White Birch, Annuals and old
photographs are being archived in a searchable
database. Chapel Talks by Mr. Teddy,
Mr. Charlie, Pop Watson, Mr. Gem-John and
Mr. Vinnie are all posted along with many others. If you are looking for a great refresher of the
Pasquaney spirit, they are wonderful resource.
Over forty people have also already signed
up for the Alumni Directory, a voluntary, password-protected listing of email addresses and
locations to help old friends stay in touch and to
make finding fellow Pasquaney alumni in your
area easier. Log on and register today or call if
you have any questions!
Mr. Vinnie’s Travel Schedule
Look for Mr. Vinnie and Alumni Gatherings
in the following cities in the next few months!
Philadelphia
Baltimore
Washington, D.C.
Richmond
Louisville
Detroit
New York
We are still lining up hosts and dates,
but will keep an up-to-date schedule on the
“Gatherings” section of the Alumni tab on the
Pasquaney Website. If you have any interest
in hosting an event, or know of a local family
who might be interested in sending their son
to camp, please contact Michael Hanrahan at
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